man i have not heard the name pipino cuevas since the dawn of time. also wilfredo benitez. good boxers.
your story of the shorter guys reminded me of this: when i used to practice in a gym i’d face this 1-head shorter older guy i’d probably had 50lbs on, and we’d spar a bit (no head hits, but sometimes a glove slips up a shoulder and feels nasty) and *i could not land a single punch*.
i’d just tire myself out hitting his shoulders and elbows till i couldn’t raise my damn gloves ha ha ha ha. damn. then he’d jab me in the plexus. then i’d tire myself some more. gloves can get sooooo heavy when you have no skills! and i had none.